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March 2019

Badgerdog Workshop Series: Crafting Characters for Fiction + Nonfiction

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - April 10 @ 8:00 pm
Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster Drive
Austin, TX 78723 United States
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Free

According to Ernest Hemingway, writers should not make characters, they should make real people. In this workshop, we will explore the different techniques for developing "real people," with close attention paid to how character-writing shapes stories and essays. We will examine short fiction, short narrative essays, and experimental prose. By examining the different ways classic and contemporary authors have developed characters, we will hone methods for creating our own, and examine how character details stack to form a narrative. You'll…

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APL After Dark: Cutefest

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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$7

We're celebrating all things CUTE at our next APL After Dark, the adults-only, mostly wholesome Friday night party at your favorite library after closing time! This time, you can snuggle adorable animals thanks to Tiny Tails to You! We'll dance to K-Pop, play the cutest board games, set you up with super-cute DIY craft projects, and bring you storytellers Meghan Ross and Nick Almeida Miller, plus comedian Yola Lu, who will share their cutest memories. We'll also have light bites and…

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April 2019

atCentral: Christina Lane & Dinner Just for Two

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

Cookbook author and blogger Christina Lane launches a new book, Dinner Just for Two, which helps everyday cooks adapt big recipes, stock a proper pantry, minimize shopping, and build leftovers into meal-planning. Christina will speak with food writer Adam Boles and offer tips for helping you up your culinary game!

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atCentral: Tameca Jones Performs Live

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

Austin native and heart-stopping soul singer Tameca Jones will perform her favorite songs in one of her favorite spots in Austin—the Central Library. Jones will also talk about her music, career, and creative process. Free & open to the public. Drinks available for purchase. Please reserve tickets in advance.

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atCentral: Vivien Goldman & Revenge of the She-Punks

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

As an industry insider and pioneering post-punk musician, Vivien Goldman's perspective on music journalism is unusually well-rounded. In Revenge of the She-Punks, Goldman probes four themes—identity, money, love, and protest—to explore what makes punk such a liberating art form for women. Moderated by KUT's Rebecca McInroy, and presented in partnership with UT Press.

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May 2019

atCentral: Rachel Kushner & The Mars Room

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and a New York Times bestselling novel, The Mars Room explores life inside a women's correctional facility, and the forces working against women in the criminal justice system. Author Rachel Kushner will discuss the novel with author Deb Olin Unferth (Wait Till You See Me Dance). Presented in partnership with BookPeople.

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atCentral: Hanif Abdurraqib & Go Ahead in the Rain

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Poet, essayist, and culture-critic Hanif Abdurraqib (They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us) digs into the history of A Tribe Called Quest, and draws from his own experience to explore the group's distinct sound and pervasive influence. Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes on a Tribe Called Quest is a love letter / memoir as artful and genre-bending as the rap group itself. Hanif will speak with Evan Narcisse, writer for Marvel Comic's Black Panther series). Presented in partnership with…

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